Surveillance camera images taken inside of a Marion County, Fla. barn earlier this week are of a man who Abby Conder believes is responsible for sexually assaulting her miniature horses, and killing the dog who she hoped would protect them.
According to Wednesday's Huffington Post, Conder's horses have been the target of a sexual predator for months.
Conder told the Huffington Post:
"Since May, we have had someone come into our barn on several occasions in the middle of the night and take our miniature show horses and sexually attack them,"
Recently, she installed surveillance cameras in the horses' barn with the hopes that she might catch the perpetrator.
She also put her large shepherd into the barn with the hopes that he might ward off the intruder.
Tragically, whoever is responsible for the violent attacks on the small horses did not hesitate to take out the dog who was meant to protect them. Conder found her dog the next morning, dead; his head had been smashed.
The camera did catch a man in the barn, though in this particular footage, there is no evidence of abuse.
Conder tried to turn the surveillance footage over to officials, but according to Conder, they were not interested, telling her:
'No, we can't use that for anything.'
Conder is hopeful that someone will recognize the man captured in the surveillance images. If he is indeed the same individual responsible for the repeated attacks on her animals, he is a dangerous individual.
She describes the damage wreaked on her horse in the first attack:
"I looked around her tail and it looked like someone had set a grenade off on her. It was horrible,"
"We called the vet and he said the person who did it had torn her cervix with something, possibly a baseball bat ..."
Anyone with information on these crimes, or who recognizes the man in the video, is asked to contact the sheriff at: 352-732-8181.
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